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Dead of Night
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Alan Ormsby (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 August 1974 (USA) See more »
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See the Shattering Suspense From the Start! See more »
Plot:
A young man killed in Vietnam inexplicably returns home as a zombie. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Scared the ---- out of me See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Marley ... Charles Brooks
Lynn Carlin ... Christine Brooks
Richard Backus ... 'Andy' / Andy Brooks
Henderson Forsythe ... Doc Allman
Anya Ormsby ... Cathy Brooks

Jane Daly ... Joanne
Michael Mazes ... Bob
Arthur Anderson ... Postman
Arthur Bradley ... Army Captain
David Gawlikowski ... Truck Driver
Virginia Cortez ... Rosalie
Bud Hoey ... Ed
Robert R. Cannon ... Drunk (as Robert Cannon)
Raymond Michel ... Policeman in Diner
Jeff Becker ... Young Boy
Scott Becker ... Young Boy
Greg Wells ... Young Boy
Kevin Schweizer ... Young Boy
Jeff Gillen ... Bartender
Alan Ormsby ... Bystander
Mal Jones ... Sheriff
Edward Anderson ... Deputy
George De Vries ... 1st TV Announcer (as George Devries)
Bob Noble ... 2nd TV Announcer (as Robert Noble)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bonney ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Bob Clark ... Officer Ted (uncredited)

Directed by
Bob Clark 
 
Writing credits
Alan Ormsby (screenplay)

Produced by
Bob Clark .... producer
Gerald Flint-Shipman .... executive producer
Peter James .... producer
Geoffrey Nethercott .... executive producer
John Trent .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carl Zittrer 
 
Cinematography by
Jack McGowan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sinclair  (as Ron Sinclair)
 
Casting by
Jessica Levy (casting)
 
Art Direction by
Forest Carpenter 
 
Set Decoration by
Albert Fisher 
 
Costume Design by
Dyke Davis (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Tom Savini .... makeup artist
Alan Ormsby .... makeup effects (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John 'Bud' Cardos .... production manager (as John Cardos)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Gillen .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ralph Weir .... props
 
Sound Department
Jim Clark .... assistant sound
Gary Goch .... sound
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Tom Savini .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Randy Franken .... operator
John McGowan .... assistant camera
Michael McGowan .... operator: second unit
Don Piel .... assistant camera: second unit
 
Music Department
Cliff Twemlow .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jamie Chastain .... production assistant
Sandra Marley .... script supervisor (as Sandra L. Ulosevich)
Bill Vergis .... owner and trainer: "Butch"
Winton Churchill .... video production assistant (uncredited)
Rodger Kobzina .... video production assistant (uncredited)
George Livingston .... video production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jordan Marsh .... acknowledgement to: for John Marley's wardrobe
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Deathdream" - USA (reissue title)
"Whispers" - USA (reissue title)
"Deathdream" - Belgium (English title) (video box title)
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Runtime:
88 min | Belgium:98 min (video version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Australia:M (2005 re-rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1999) | USA:PG | West Germany:18

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The films Italian title is "La Morte dietro la porta", meaning The Death Behind The Door.See more »
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Factual errors: The sign over the cemetery gate is misspelled as "Brooksville Cemetary."See more »
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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Scared the ---- out of me, 24 July 2004
Author: Paul from United States

So many horror films, both then and now, exist solely to provide cheap titillation to gore hounds and casual thrill-seekers. 'Dead of Night' (aka "Deathdream"), however, is serious business, and seriously scary. Comparable to 'The Exorcist' in its exploration of the parent-child dynamic when the child is given over to something sinister, I personally liked this more than I liked 'The Exorcist.' It's leaner, more suspenseful, and less pretentious.

Richard Backus is Andy, a soldier who returns from the war (presumably Vietnam) the very night his parents and sister are informed of his death in combat. The homecoming is not a happy one, however. Andy just isn't quite himself. Laconic, humorless and irritable, he doesn't want to go out and isn't interested in seeing visitors. Worse, there could be a link between him and the gruesome murder of a truck driver that occurred the night of his return.

Like 'The Exorcist,' 'Dead of Night' - a reworking of "The Monkey's Paw" -- aspires to be more than simply a horror film. It aspires to be a Vietnam allegory, and it aspires to be a family drama. Remarkably, it succeeds as all three. It makes a compelling statement about returning soldiers, is a truly frightening horror film, and also a harrowing family drama. John Marley, as a Andy's father, conveys torment and confusion effectively, and Lynn Carlin is especially good as Andy's mother, a woman who has disappeared completely inside of her denial. The suspense is unbearable, and there's skillful use of both sound and space in creating it. The chills are never cheap and are consistently hair-raising. The movie marches headlong into its inevitable conclusion and is utterly uncompromising throughout. That it was rated PG at the time is a shocker.

The movie has some flaws and lacks visual polish, but this is almost irrelevant given how brilliantly everything works. The director is Bob Clark, who would go on to direct the first two 'Porky's' films, 'A Christmas Story,' and 'Baby Geniuses,' and he has made a rare horror film, one that is intelligent, thoughtful, and damn scary.

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